The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 21, 1884

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The wind blew yesterday stiffly, and vessels under sail felt the effects of it. The sloop Two Brothers, bound for Rathbun & Co. with bunch wood from Trenton, was struck by the gale opposite Snake Island at 1:30 o'clock. Her rails and deck load were carried away. The water continued to wash over her and filled her in a short time, leaving only the cabin and masts visible. The crew, composed of Captain Crawford, his brother and F. Shughrue, took to the rigging, to which they clung all the afternoon, unable to obtain assistance. The mail boat, bound up the lake in the evening, was signalled but it is said no notice was taken of the vessel or its men. They kept their airy perch, the wind blew coldly upon the sailors, and the drizzly rain kept falling, making the situation anything but comfortable. President McCombs, of the Sailors' Union, sighted the disabled vessel, and thought at first that some yacht had foundered. He notified some parties at Portsmouth and the steam yacht Dixy was despatched to see what had really happened. Such was the sea that the little boat could not reach the Two Brothers, but got within ten yards of her. Capt. Crawford's brother and Mr. T. Shughrue managed to get the unsteady yawl boat lowered and rowed towards the steam yacht and found safety upon her. Captain Crawford would not forsake his vessel, but remained on her until 7:30 o'clock when the F.A. Folger came along and towed her to Wolfe Island.


The schrs. West Side and Mary Copely have cleared for Oswego. They will lay up.

The schr. Penokee, Chicago, 21,185 bush. wheat, is at Richardson & Sons.

The schr. J.G. Worts is loading ore for Cleveland.

The str. Utica has been leased by the Rathbun Co. to take the place of the Pilgrim.

Arrivals for the M.T. Co. - schr. West Side, Chicago, 20,165 bush. wheat; schr. O.M. Bond, Chicago, 21,701 bush. wheat; schr. Hartford, Chicago, 22,283 bush. wheat.

The barge Cleveland, owned by the M.T. Co., on the ways for some time for repairs, has been launched. She is as good as new.

p.3 Out Upon A Cruise - yacht Emma.

Protesting Fishermen - complain to M.P.P. - rights of American anglers vs commercial fishermen.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 21, 1884